I’ll start with the Port Charlotte, Heavily Peated, as I have had this before. This is a nice whiskey, especially for the price. It has a unique flavour that makes it stand out as different to the other Islay whiskys.
Bruichladdich has 3 distilleries and although they are all on Islay, the main distillery does not peat its whisky. The other two distilleries, Port Charlotte and Octomore, do peat their whiskeys. Port Charlotte does not peat whisky very high, so this label of “Heavily Peated” indicates that it is peated more than the other whiskey that come from this distillery.
There is number on the bottom of this bottle that you can enter on the Bruichladdich website and it will tell you the recipe including how many casks of a particular were added to the batch, where the barley came from, and the source of the casks used. The number on the bottom of this bottle is 16/097 and indicates a total of 63 casks, aged between 2006 to 2009 (looks like bottling was done March 2016), barley is all sourced from the mainland, with a mainly (48) Bourbon barrel first fill casks with the others a mixture of red and white wine Hogshead casks. I don’t get this option for the Octomore.